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VINTAGE SKIING VIDEOS

Watch 2 Swiss gems with 1950s ski-instruction & witness the rescue of 222 passengers from a train stuck in deep snow at Donner Pass. NEW

24 HOURS IN WHISTLER

Not the ideal amount of time for a summer visit to the most popular ski resort in North America, given. But if it’s all you’ve got… NEW

FROLF

Frisbee-golf; Intro’ed as a summer sport popular enough to rival biking in Whistler. NEW

AUGUST SKIING SECRETS

FACT- there are snowstorms on Mars, Chopper rescue, Reaching Out? No Thanks! + baring it all on Monte Bianco. NEW & UPDATED

UNCOOL RUNNINGS – PART III

Our reporter is on a trail running course in Chamonix. Did she learn anything valuable?

WE’RE IN CANADA & THIS TIME IT’S SUMMER! PART 1

We’ve done many a winter road trip in Canada hitting the ski resorts … now it’s the turn of summer. UPDATED

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY? THE VERDICT

PlanetSKI has been in Verbier this July testing out the Swiss resort’s marketing slogan. Here we look back at our 4-days.

UNCOOL RUNNINGS – PART II

Our reporter is coming to terms with a week of summer sporting activity in Chamonix. After a wobbly start can she get it together? NEW

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY. DAY 4

The final day has dawned on our PlanetSKI test of whether Verbier’s marketing slogan lives up to its claim. So has it? NEW

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY. DAY 3

Our editor continues his mission to see if the resort’s marketing slogan is true. Today it’s a high altitude hike. And we mean high!

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY. DAY 2

Our editor is continuing his quest to see if Verbier’s marketing slogan is true or just more PR spin. Next up – climbing Mont Fort!

UNCOOL RUNNINGS – PART ONE

Our reporter, Catie Friend, is in Chamonix for some mountain trail running. The only trouble is she is late, stressed and rather nervous. Why?

VERBIER – PURE ENERGY. DAY 1

It’s the snazzy marketing slogan for the Swiss resort this summer, but is it true? PlanetSKI has spent 4-days testing the claim.

BIG BRASS IN THE ALPS

Schladming is hosting one of the biggest brass music festivals in Europe and PlanetSKI is in resort.

MAID IN AUSTRIA

Learning to milk a cow, making pastry for a local dish, sawing logs. Has our chief reporter got what it takes?

WHEN BIKES MEET ALPS

Riding a motorbike in the mountains has much in common with skiing in the mountains. PlanetSKI reports from the tarmac of the Tirol.

FANCY FOOD AT ALTITUDE

The Culinary Way of St Jacob opened this weekend around Ischgl in Austria. PlanetSKI goes on the trail of Michelin starred chefs high up in the Alps.

WHY EVERY SKIER SHOULD WATERSKI

It’s summer and, as she does every year, our chief reporter, Jane Peel, has swapped snow for water. You should too.

JULY SKIING SECRETS

Lost in translation, something to do on a rainy day in the Alps, open top Swiss bus takes to the streets + we try the 4 paddle boarding disciplines. + NEW & UPDATED

ON YER BIKE!

PlanetSKI has spent the morning skiing on the glacier at Les2Alpes in France: now it’s time to hit the pedals. Summer in the Alps!

E-BIKE FIRST TIMER

And the Dolomites, for that matter. It was a weekend of firsts and much more of a challenge than expected. E-biking in Val Gardena: UPDATED

RIP FRANK McCUSKER

Our editor, James Cove, pays tribute to the Chief Executive of the Ski Club of Great Britain who has died of a heart attack. He was 55.

GLACIER SKIING KICKS OFF

Glacier resorts are open across the Alps as summer skiing is underway. PlanetSKI reports from Les2Alpes on all things summer.

WE HEAD FOR SOME GLACIER SKIING

We’ve just arrived in Les2Alpes as its summer skiing season gets underway. But it’s not all about snowsports. Far from it.

COOL THOUGHTS PEOPLE!

It’s the hottest time of the year in the UK and here at PlanetSKI we are keeping chilled by thinking cool thoughts… winter thoughts. UPDATED

THE LOSS IS REAL

The Verbier Sports Centre has burnt to the ground. It may just be a building but the memories for PlanetSKI won’t be forgotten quickly. NEW

GET THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD

Nearly there, school leavers. How about do the ultimate gap year and train for the world’s best job: become a ski instructor!

SUMMER IN GSTAAD

The upmarket Swiss ski resort is not just for winter. There’s a lot to keep you busy and active in the hot season too. Here’s our Chief Reporter’s diary of a not entirely problem free four days in Gstaad. NEW & UPDATED

KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL TOUR

‘Events celebrating the exploration of some the wildest places on earth’: PlanetSKI went to the London leg of the tour to get inspired and see what amazing feats have been achieved. NEW

JUNE’S SKIING SECRETS…

Jeremy Clarkson helis in for skiing, naked basejumping in Lauterbrunnen, yodelling festival underway + dog derby at Coronet Peak. NEW & UPDATED

BY THE SHORES OF LAKE GARDA

What bliss! Enjoying an Aperol Spritz on a warm evening watching the sun set on Lake Garda near the foothills of the Alps. PlanetSKI puts its feet up.

WORLD’S OBSCURE SKI SPOTS

Skiers & boarders on solo lines, exploring places previously unheard of for snowsports, against sensational backdrops:

AN ALPINE CHALLENGE

PlanetSKI’s Catie Friend, is taking on the challenge of her life. Training through the summer in the mountains, she’s doing the Half Marathon des Sables in Fuerteventura in September. NEW

WINDSURFING ON SNOW

This must be a first? Pro windersurfer Levi Siver takes his windsurf board with a fin to the powder snow in Japan and windsurfs down…

UP IS THE NEW DOWN

What is ski mountaineering and maybe this little known winter sport is about to make it to the big time? PlanetSKI’s skimo geek, Catie Friend, reports.

WHERE TO SKI IN SUMMER

There’s no need to pack it all in for summer with options for skiing and snowboarding to suit every budget. Get the lowdown.

THE GLAMOUR OF THE CAMERA

PlanetSKI has been making a few videos at the Ellis Brigham ski tests in Ischgl. Sometimes things don’t quite go according to plan…

MAY’S SKIING SECRETS…

Skiing Secrets may or may not have something to do with skiing. Often it doesn’t – we fill it with anything that takes our fancy.

VIDEOS OF THE DAY…

There are some insane mountain and extreme action videos on the internet & we want to share some of the best on this rolling Vlog. UPDATED

FINAL TURNS IN THE TIROL

There has been a dump of fresh snow & the season is drawing to a close so there is only one thing for PlanetSKI to do. Check out our updated blog as we arrive in Ischgl in the Austrian Tirol. NEW

OUR PLANS FOR THE SUMMER

We’re making a few changes over the summer as we continue to report from the mountains – and even a few beaches too. What are you up to over the summer months?

BEST & WORST TIMES OF THE WINTER

As the season of 2016/17 draws to a close it’s time to look back as we hear from our reporters, readers, snowsports athletes, celebrities and many others on the good times (and the bad ones)… UPDATED

PATHWAY TO SUCCESS

How can young skiers or snowboarders become the next James Woods or Katie Ormerod? PlanetSKI looks at the system that nurtures and coaches up-and-coming British freestylers.

IT’S NOT OVER YET!

April skiing: Bluebird days, long mornings skiing, warm temps & sunshine for lasting terrace lunches, a tan and the knowledge that you’ve got the best of the season… Need more convincing to go spring skiing?

BRIT WINS SNOW KITING RACE

Stephanie Bridge wins the skiing category in the 130km Ragnarok Snowkiting race in difficult windy, wintry conditions on the Hardangervidda plateau in Norway.

A TASTE OF TOURING

An introduction to skinning at dawn in Val Thorens.

FANCY SKIING THE FJORDS IN NORWAY?

PlanetSKI reporter & adventurer, Squash Falconer, visits the Norwegian Fjords for a ski & sail expedition that includes touring up to the peak of Kopphornet.

SKIING FJORDS

PlanetSKI reporter and adventurer, Squash Falconer, visits the Norwegian Fjords for a ski and sail expedition that includes a spot of ski touring up to the peak of Kopphornet. NEW

ACTION IN ANDORRA – DAY THREE

The tiny principality high up in the Pyrenees is only for intermediates with limited skiing and few challenges. Wrong: PlanetSKI de-bunks the myth. DAY 3.

SKIING SECRETS

– Head to Head Ski Tests .. Head v Atomic
– North Korean Ski Resort Propoganda Video
– Hazards of Ice-Bridges

MISSION CHINA

Xavier de le Rue and Sam Anthamatten break the rules and shake off their guards to check out some cheeky lines on the Changbaishan Volcano, in China.

ACTION IN ANDORRA – DAY TWO

The tiny principality high up in the Pyrenees is only for intermediates with limited skiing and few challenges. Wrong – PlanetSKI de-bunks the myth. Day Two.

APRIL IS HERE

The final month of the season is here, but what is it like to ski at this time of year? For some, including us at PlanetSKI, it can be one…
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HEADING TO THE ARCTIC

Early this month a team of explorers is heading to the Arctic for the Bear Witness expedition.

ACTION IN ANDORRA – DAY ONE

The tiny principality high up in the Pyrenees is only for intermediates with limited skiing and few challenges. Wrong – PlanetSKI de-bunks the myth. DAY ONE.

FATBIKING IN VAL GARDENA

Fatbiking: the best new sport in the mountains and it’s not limited to down, up, across or even snow. Well worth the energy.

LET US NOT FORGET OLD TIGNES

It’s 65 years this month that the original village of Tignes was demolished and flooded to become a phantom village at the bottom of a lake.

DOWNHILL IN NORWAY

PlanetSKI’s Chief Reporter has just spent a few days skiing in Norway. Not the cross-country kind for which the Nordic nation is famous, but downhill.

PARK & SAUNA MADE FROM ICE!

Finnish X Games snowboarder builds an ice park in his back yard and carves out a fully functional sauna from blocks of ice. Pardon?

AND SO IT ENDS…

The 4-week PlanetSKI road trip ends. We finish where we started, Utah, after a final day in Grand Targhee in Wyoming.

Snow report

Twitter

🥉 @ormerodkatie makes it 4 slopestyle podiums this year with a 3rd place in Calgary, and retaining the yellow bib as the @fissnowboard World Cup Overall leader!

#GoBeyond #GBSnowboard

Strike action this week and beyond in French ski resorts. Have you been affected? https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/15/strike-action-this-week-in-french-ski-resorts/

UPDATED: More images as our Scotland reporter hits the resorts in the Highlands after the fresh snow:
#skkinginscotland @wherestagsroar #skiscotland #cairngorm https://t.co/vAswWERAvU

Heading out to the mountains for half-term?
Check out our detailed snow report & feel free to share with any ski friends who may be interested in what’s in store: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/14/latest-planetski-snow-report/

So, how should kids carry their skis?
Read on for advice from our friends over at #MaisonSport… https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/14/four-top-ways-for-kids-to-carry-their-skis/
@MaisonSport #familyskiingtips

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